About the Authors

Joseph Montalbano, MBA, SPC, PMP, PMI-ACP, has over 20 years of software development, management, and consulting experience. He has full-SDLC experience in global enterprise, government, startup, and consulting environments where he has succeeded in roles such as Lead Developer, Senior Software Architect, Project and Program Manager, Director of Software Development, Management Consultant, Scrum Master, and Enterprise Agile Coach.

Joseph is an Enterprise Agile Coach and Scaled Agile Program Manager at Noblis, an elite science & innovation firm dedicated to developing forward-thinking solutions for the public interest. He currently leads a top-shelf group of Agile Coaches, Scrum Masters, and Program Managers supporting Scaled Agile implementations at multiple Federal government agencies. He leads large, complex, transformative Agile programs with hundreds of technical participants and multiple vendors and coaches SES- and GS15-level executives.

Prior to joining Noblis, he spent 11 years developing and maintaining large financial and insurance applications at Zurich North America, first as a Senior Software Architect and then as a Senior Application Development Manager, where he drove Agile transformation.

He has successfully led Agile transformations and managed dozens of software development efforts using multiple onshore, offshore, distributed, and virtual development teams. Joseph also has hands-on skills throughout the Microsoft technology stack. 

Joseph is certified by Scaled Agile, Inc. as a SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) and by PMI as a Project Management Professional (PMP®) and an Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®). In addition, he holds certifications including SAFe Lean Portfolio Manager, SAFe Advanced Scrum Master (SASM), SAFe Agilist (SA), and SAFe Product Owner/Product Manager (POPM). He has Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) designations from the Scrum Alliance and certifications from Scrum.org including Professional Scrum Master I & II (PSMI & PSMII), Professional Scrum Product Owner I (PSPOI), and Professional Scrum Developer (PSD). He has taught Scrum, Kanban, and SAFe to hundreds of students.

Joseph has an MBA with a focus in Information Technology from Johns Hopkins University. He is co-author of the Agile Almanac Book 2: Programs with Milti and Virtual-Team Environments.


Brad Lehman has been designing user experiences, under one job title or another, for the past 20 years. He has been a Front-end Coder, Project Manager, Client Manager, Information Architect, Human Factors Engineer, Interaction Designer, Director of UX, and most recently has been a Design Practice Lead at Excella Consulting and ITG. He’s been a UX practitioner for the past 15 years, working in a variety of environments, including design agency, in-house software development (for telecom customers), and Federal contracting. Additionally, he has been instrumental in bringing Agile and HCD together on large (50-100 person) projects on multiple occasions.

This means that he has repeatedly stood at the intersection of a need for better user understanding, and a rush to delivery and solution development, and managed the process from both sides.

Brad has also been a record label-owner and is presently a DJ at Takoma Radio. He has a B.A. from Georgetown University in both Psychology and Government.